Lagman blames Duterte for humiliating Cebu inmates: Caged animals are treated better

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Albay‎ Rep. Edcel Lagman is blaming President Rodrigo Duterte for the mass strip search of hundreds of inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center.

In a statement, Lagman said the search for the naked truth does not justify stripping convicts in the Cebu Provincial Jail.

“The en masse humiliation and ill-treatment of the convicts in the Cebu penitentiary is influenced by President Duterte’s oft-repeated declaration that criminals are not human, a curse echoed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre,” Lagman said.

Malacañang has found nothing wrong in the strip search ‎except that it was photographed and released on social media.

“Prisoners can be frisked for contrabands but it is against their humanity and privacy to be laid bare. ‎Prisoners have the right to humane treatment and due respect. Even caged animals are treated better,” said Lagman.

‎He said prison officials and personnel were principally liable for not detecting and confiscating contrabands like drugs and weapons at the prison gates before they were clandestinely brought inside the prison compound.